University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Dentistry
Why They Were Nominated
Dr. Keith is a skilled, compassionate clinician who “speaks the language of business,” he says. Before dental school, in fact, he studied business, an education he put to work flipping houses. Now he makes smiles and uses his financial acumen to make sure his family practice will be around for generations of patients.
Tool They Can’t Live Without
“A smile. It sounds clichéd, but you can totally change the mood of someone afraid to be in the chair by smiling and making conversation prior to getting into the nitty-gritty of the appointment.”
Favorite Aspect of Dentistry
“You get to use social skills, hand skills, mental skills and artistic skills during each visit. The best part is getting to interact with so many people each day.”
“Take business classes in undergrad. I have accounting and finance degrees, and they’re invaluable. Being a great clinician is important, but if you don’t have the business skills to keep the business afloat, you won’t be able to attract good team members and ultimately won’t be open to provide that great care for your patients.”